Monday, 31 May 2010
Saturday, 29 May 2010
You may be surprised to hear that Halfpenny Home is my second favourite place in the world. My favourite place is here, on my allotment with my chickens, ducks and compost heap. This is what I do before I get to the shop in the morning and after I close the big doors at the end of the day. Hope you have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, Nicola.
Thursday, 27 May 2010
From comments both in the studio and on the blog, I think there will be a lot more strawberries popping up before long - it just cheers you up doesn't it? And knowing I've made it myself just makes it so much more special! I think I may just make another one.....or two.....
I just had to include the picture of my westie, who's a bit of an attention seeker - he couldn't resist getting in on the act when I was taking these pictures - spot the tea-cosy in the background!
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
It's been an exciting week, Beth finished her first knitting project - a really snuggly cushion made up of swatches of knitting, all with different stitch patterns. What is she going to make next?
I also wanted to show you this lovely photo of yarn from The Gedgrave Flock, it is so soft. Tracy looks after the wensleydale sheep with her husband over at Gedgrave, just outside Orford in Suffolk. We sell her yarns at Halfpenny Home and I can't wait for her to not be so busy so she can come and visit.
On Saturday we had the first Tunisian Crochet session with Lesley and Jeanette bravely tackling this unusual technique which is a bit like a cross between knitting and crochet. You can see our back garden through the open door, this is where we will be holding monthly Craft and Vintage Fairs throughout the summer starting on the 19th June. Cakes of the week are Coffee and Walnut and Toffee Fudge.
Monday, 24 May 2010
I thought I'd share with you a few of the pretty things I found when out bargain hunting at the weekend!
Firstly, these pretty double handled bone china cups, which are so delicate - I thought they'd look lovely planted up with some pretty little violas or something similar - they would also make great containers for making candles too! And then I came across the little pressed glass sundae dishes - my immediate thought was to fill them with some of my most special buttons to have on show, but they would also be lovely with a tiny flower or herb arrangement. They too could also be used as candle containers filled with candle wax. So many ideas! Simple pleasures are just the best.
I also found a lovely selection of art prints - I've shown just a section from one of them. I don't know what I'll do with them yet but I couldn't resist - just lovely!
Nothing like a bit of ribbon or some fancy pins to brighten up your day and put a spring in your step. This tartan ribbon is one of my favourite things at the moment and I have a piece tied in a bow on the handle of my best shopping basket. It's a shame that some of the Paris Mode label is missing but there's still enough left to make me happy and one day I'll find a use for these gorgeous buttons. I've put the teacup pin cushion there as I love the white flower pins in it. We like cups and saucers at Halfpenny Home although you are just as likely to find buttons and pins in them as you are to find tea.
Sunday, 23 May 2010
Referring to the rather wonderful band Japan - sigh!
Also a great heading for the art class paintings, aren't they great? I'm always gushing about the art class and persuading people to go up to the gallery studio and have a look at the art. I love listening in as they are discussing techniques, composition and establishing the darks while I make coffee and get the cake ready for half-time refreshments.
What could be better than spending a morning painting with great company and lovely cake? Ask any of the lucky people who have just come to the end of a series of art classes with Ed Cooper and they would tell you that they want a WHOLE day! We are sorting out some dates where they will be able to do just that. There are some lovely locations close to Halfpenny Home both for painting and picnics. Here are some photos of the art class and later I'll post some photos of their work.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Annie finished her jumper! It is a work of art and you can see it on her blog www.pixieannie.blogspot.com she brought it along to knitting and rag rugs this morning and we are all really impressed. The pattern is a really complicated one but she stuck with it.
Annie also designed, embroidered and embellished this Halfpenny Home Opening Hours sign which always hangs by the door. She made it because we also have sewing, knitting, crochet and art classes when the shop is shut on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and so to remind people we give them a little photo of the sign to keep in their purses. I love the style of the embroidery that Annie does and it's on a lot of things dotted around Halfpenny Home, when you visit us you can try to spot them!
This weeks cake was to be Chocolate Indulgence but the knitters and ragruggers finished it! The deputy cake of the week is Lemon and Ginger (my favourite and also Jan from Sweet and Savoury's favourite too).
Putting the shop back after Crows Hall means that I get to play with lots of buttons and I really like these little metal flowers. This new gingham bias binding is too tempting, I want to make so many things with it!
We had a visit from Crafty Helen yesterday and she said that we should post a photo of the shop, so here you are. There is such a lot to see and you can't pay a quick visit, so allow plenty of time and you can have a cup of tea with us.
Monday, 17 May 2010
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Yeehaa!! We're busy getting ready for the Crow's Hall Country Fayre, Debenham this Sunday, 16th May. Not only are we preparing some great makes for visitors to try their hand at, we are also making new attire to wear!
The appliqued cowboy is rodeoing on some of the new embroidered cotton now available at Halfpenny Home. Hope you can come visit us on Sunday and see him in person! For full details see www.onesuffolk.co.uk/crowshallcountryfayre.
Now onto cake! Halfpenny Home is renowned for its 'compulsory' cake....This week's cake is raspberry & coconut supplied by Sweet & Savoury in Needham Market. Very, very scrummy. www.sweetandsavouryltd.com .
Whilst Westminster may have been deciding on the formation of the new Lib / Con cabinet here at Halfpenny Home we were busy knitting! Alongside discussing politics we were also in awe of Tina finishing her Strawberry Tea-cosy - more pictures to follow. Tina and several Halfpenny Home followers have been busy with the pattern found in Nikki Trench's book, Homemade Gifts. It has inspired many first time knitters to pick up their needles and knit!